Stagehand (part time over-hire)

Reports to: Director of Production / Assistant Director of Production / Department Heads

About The Gallo Center for the Arts

The Gallo Center for the Arts (GCA) is a state-of-the-art performing arts complex located in the heart of vibrant downtown Modesto, CA. The Gallo Center houses two performance venues— the 1248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater and the 440-seat Foster Family Theater. The mission of the Gallo Center is to enrich the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley by providing an inspirational civic gathering place where regional, national, and international cultural activities illuminate, educate, and entertain. The Gallo Center celebrates the diversity of our community by offering an array of cultural opportunities designed to appeal and be accessible to all. For more information about the Gallo Center for the Arts, please visit GalloArts.org.

Job Description

Stagehands shall assist full-time crew and touring personnel in the installation of various theatrical craft elements as needed and assigned for show load-ins, load-outs, performances, work calls, and non- theatrical events. All stagehands may be asked to load/unload trucks, push road cases, run errands, and perform cleaning and maintenance tasks, in addition to other duties as assigned.

Department-specific tasks may include, but are not limited, to:

Theatrical lighting / electrics

Common tasks may include assisting with loading/unloading equipment; pulling cable; pushing lifts; hanging and focusing lights; cutting and inserting gel; cleaning/repairing lighting equipment, and more.


Common tasks may include assisting with loading/unloading equipment; pulling cable; setting up and testing microphones; assisting with backline, and more.

Theatrical carpentry / scenery

Common tasks may include loading and unloading trucks; pushing road cases; assembling/hanging scenic elements; sweeping/mopping; performing scenic moves during shows, and more.

Rigging and flying

Common tasks may include operating line sets; hanging electrics and scenery, and more.


Common tasks may include pushing road cases; loading/unloading props; assembling; repairing and organizing props; laying marley floors; assisting with crew hospitality; running errands; sweeping/mopping, and more.


Common tasks may include loading/unloading costumes; steaming; labeling; ironing; stitching; laundry; setting up quick change areas, and more.


Common tasks may include loading/unloading/delivering wigs to dressing rooms; blocking, styling, and washing wigs and hair pieces; styling hair for certain performers, and more.


Common tasks may include loading/unloading/delivery makeup kits to dressing rooms; doing makeup for certain performers, and more.

Venue Hospitality

Common tasks may include interfacing with touring production manager; overseeing successful execution of catering/hospitality services; running errands; facilitating hotel transportation of crew and artists, and more.

Candidates with skills in any of these areas are encouraged to apply, but prior experience is not necessary. On-the-job training will be provided.

Skills, Knowledge and Ability

  • Able to work under supervision
  • Able to follow oral and written instructions
  • Practice safe working habits
  • Able to lift and move stage equipment weighing up to 50 lbs
  • A working knowledge of standard theatrical equipment is preferred
  • Ability to climb ladders and work at heights a plus


  • Work well with people
  • Be reliable and responsible
  • Be present at work calls on time
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, evenings/nights, weekends and holidays as needed and on short notice.

These part-time, over-hire positions will usually have less than 1,000 working hours in one year. These positions are variable and the actual hours worked will be extremely sporadic throughout the calendar year. Over-hire production team members are never guaranteed access to work. Work shifts are first divided amongst the full time and contracted staff and then made available on a first come first serve basis for sign-up to the entirety of the over-hire staff.


The starting hourly wage for these part-time, over-hire positions is $16.50.

Application Deadline: Open until filled Salary: Commensurate with experience
Email resume and cover letter to: Kelly Biscopink; Asst. Director of Production; kbiscopink@galloarts.org

The Gallo Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer. The Gallo Center for the Arts policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.